Zeepipe Gas Pipeline

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Zeepipe Gas Pipeline is an operating pipeline which transports gas from Sleipner area of the Norwegian North Sea to a receiving terminal at Zeebrugge in Belgium.[1]


The pipeline originates in the Sleipner Field in the Norwegian North Sea and terminates in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Zeepipe II A runs from Kollsnes to Sleipner Riser. Zeepipe II B runs from Kollsnes to Draupner E.[2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Gassled Partners
  • Operator:Gassco
  • Current capacity: Zeepipe I: 15.3 billion cubic meters per year, Zeepipe II A: 27 billion cubic meters per year, Zeepipe IIB: 26 billion cubic meters per year
  • Length: Zeepipe I: 814 kilometers, Zeepipe II A: 303 kilometers, Zeepipe II B: 304 kilometers
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1993


Zeepipe is owned by Gassled partners, which is a joint-venture of the following companies: Petoro AS (46.697%), Solveig Gas Norway AS (25.553%), CapeOmega (11.235%), Silex Gas Norway AS (6.428%), Infragas Norge AS (5.006 %), Statoil Petroleum AS (5 %), and Dea Norge AS (0.081%).[3]


The Zeepipe gas pipeline was constructed in three phases. The Zeepipe system was originally laid to carry gas from Troll, with Zeebrugge in Belgium chosen as the landfall because of its proximity to markets in Belgium, France and Spain.[4] Belgian and Norwegian officials completed an agreement to build the pipeline in 1988 and the pipeline became operational in 1993.

Phase I

The first phase of the pipeline became operational in 1993 and runs 814 kilometers while measuring 40 inches in diameter. The pipeline stretches from the Sleipner area in Norway's North Sea to a receiving terminal at Zeebrugge in Belgium. The pipeline has a capacity of 15.3 bcm/year.[1]

Phase II A

The second phase (II A) is a 303 kilometer, 40-inch pipeline, beginning in Kollsnes and ending at the Sleipner Riser. It became operational in 1996.[1]

Phase II B

The final phase (II B) is 304 kilometers and measures 40 inches. The pipeline begins in Kollsnes and ends at Draupner E. It became operational in 1997.[1]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Zeepipe, Gassco, accessed April, 2018
  2. Zeepipe 1 Norskolje Museum, December 18, 2015
  3. Gassled, Gassco, accessed April, 2018
  4. Zeepipe I, Norsk Oljemuseum, December 18, 2015

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